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The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is one of Australia’s leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. Housed in a striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art. Operating since 1989, PICA boasts one of the largest and most breathtaking exhibition spaces in Australia and has become known for the leading role it plays in the presentation of significant new work.

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PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year-round program of changing exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, theatre and performance, artistic residencies and interdisciplinary projects. The organisation’s mission is to create defining moments for artists, art forms and audiences. Its key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues.

In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.

PICA is an icon of contemporary thinking – it is a catalyst for innovative and ground breaking art and culture. Not constrained by convention, PICA gives artists and audiences a glimpse of what is possible.

Not constrained by convention, PICA gives artists and audiences a glimpse of what is possible.

Finding PICA

PICA is located in the Perth Cultural Centre – also home to WA Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Blue Room Theatre and the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. It is a 5 minute walk from Perth Train Station and Busport.

Alongside the gallery is the PICA Bar & Cafe where you can grab your morning coffee, lunch or evening drinks in the relaxed atmosphere of the Cultural Centre.

Opening Hours

Tues – Sun: 10am – 5pm. Note that the galleries are closed during exhibition changeover.

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Valentine By Rachael Woodward

Immerse yourself in the story of Valentine the clown, through an honest, playful and interactive show about what it means to love and lose somebody.

  • Dates:Sept 29 - Oct 2
  • Time(s):1pm
  • Venue:PICA Performance Space

Details

  • Hosted By:AWESOME Arts & PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$17.50
  • Ticket Price FROM:$14.50
  • Ticket price TO:$62.00
  • Produced By:Awesome Arts,PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Theatre
  • Type:For Kids

Description

Presented by AWESOME Festival in association with PICA, this show is designed for families and children (6+).

The story of a clown learning what it means to love. Valentine is a clown who loves her Grandpa, but his heart is running out of time. Valentine is determined to be strong, but in doing so she loses her heart. With a big empty world ahead of her, come and help Valentine on the journey to search for her heart. Like a story book that comes to life before your eyes, Valentine combines shadow puppetry, animation and physical theatre.

Adult/ Child $17.50, Family +4 $62.00, Group +8 $14.50 each

Night School

Held at PICA Galleries, Night School is a special free event that will celebrate the value of arts and humanities education.

  • Dates:Oct 9
  • Time(s):5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Venue:PICA Galleries

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James Street, Northbridge
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Art Exhibitions:Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Youth

Description

This year, PICA will replace the usual Opening Night Party with a rousing finale to Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020.  Prepare yourself for an evening of entertainment with a few surprises, as well as the long-awaited announcement of the Schenberg Art Fellowship, a $50,000 prize awarded to one Hatched artist.

The Schenberg Art Fellowship will be judged by an all-local line-up including PICA Director, Amy Barrett-Lennard, and Chief Cultural Officer, University of Australia, Ted Snell. The largest award for emerging artists in the country, the Schenberg Art Fellowship allows one Hatched artist to pursue their career, take risks, and invest in their future.

Get ready for an uplifting evening of politics and partying as we celebrate the achievements of this year’s Hatched: National Graduate Show exhibiting artists and remind ourselves of what we love about the arts.

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020

Works on display in this year’s Hatched feature a broad range of contemporary practice including installations, audio/sound works, photography, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and graffiti.

  • Dates:Jul 10 - Oct 18
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth, 6000
  • Other:Art Exhibitions
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Video,Youth

Description

The work of 24 recent visual arts graduates from every State and Territory will be presented across all of PICA’s gallery spaces from 2 May to 5 July, as part of the 29th Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). For the eleventh consecutive year, the Schenberg Art Fellowship of $50,000, the most significant prize for emerging artists in Australia, will be awarded to one exceptional Hatched artist during the opening night event.


The Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 features arts graduates with an exciting and diverse range of practices rigorously selected from 20 tertiary art schools nationally. Fifty-six students were nominated by their schools and the final selection was made by a panel of artists and arts professionals from around Australia. This year’s panel included: Nathan Beard, Artist; Hannah Presley, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Megan Monte, Director Cement Fondu, Sydney.

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